Try the JagsThatRun website. They have published a V8 conversion manual for
Jaguars. I bought their conversion manual for S10 years ago and it was very
--- On Mon, 12/22/08, Mark Andy <email@example.com> wrote:
> From: Mark Andy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Engine swaps; 350 SBC donor cars.
> To: email@example.com
> Date: Monday, December 22, 2008, 9:42 AM
> On Mon, 22 Dec 2008, Paul Mele wrote:
> > Thanks for the thoughts. I'm not married to the
> SBC, but the cost of
> > the LS1 may be too much. again, my plan is to buy a
> (crashed/ugly) donor
> > car...if it only comes in a 'vette, I don't
> think it will be
> > cost-effective.
> > what cars would have the suitable engine(s).
> I'm no particular expert, so take all this with a good
> dose of "reserch
> will be required if you actually want to do it"..
> You can get LS1's (3rd gen small block) out of lots of
> stuff I think, but
> the common candidates would be camaros/firebirds &
> The corvette would need to be a '97+ car, and would
> have a rear transaxle
> & torque tube setup rather than a conventional
> transmission. The
> camaro/firebird would need to be a '98+ and would have
> a T56 six speed
> conventional trans.
> I would think wrecked/junker '98+ camaro/firebirds
> wouldn't be all that
> horribly expensive.
> Another option would be the LT1, or 2nd gen small block.
> camaros/firebirds would probably be a good donor choice,
> from '94 to '97
> IIRC. LT1s are iron head motors, and weigh a little more
> than the ls1.
> They also use a t56 six speed trans, but there are mounting
> differences I
> The same basic engine architecture was used in trucks of
> the times as
> well. I'm pretty darned fuzzy on this, but I know some
> of the common
> upgrades folks make for drag motors for camaro/firebirds
> are to use the
> iron block versions of the ls1 from the trucks. If you
> weren't super
> concerned about weight, my bet is that a truck motor route
> might save you
> a little money if you knew what you were doing.
> Aftermarket support for all this is pretty good I
> believe... Seems like
> everyone and their brother puts ls1's into anything
> they'll fit in. My
> guess is that some searching on the web would find you some
> examples for
> various cars, though perhaps not that Jag.
> If you want to keep it "in the family" (sorta)
> I've got a complete '89 (??
> I think) Ford 302 HO out of a Mustang GT that I've been
> tripping on that
> I'd sell you for $250... Ran fine when we pulled it in
> 2002. You'd need
> a trans & bellhousing (t5) but otherwise I think
> you'd be ready to go. If
> you're not near me (Youngstown, OH), then its probably
> more hassle than
> its worth though.
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